■ Live music
For week of Dec. 6-12; bands perform from 9 p.m. to close with no cover unless otherwise noted.
Near Hwys. 371 and 87
Frankie Lamb Band, 2-6 p.m. Dec. 16
608 Laurel St.
Alter Eagle, Friday-Saturday
601 Laurel St.
Songster Pete Norman, 5-7 p.m. every Friday; Thursday Bluegrass, first, third and fifth Thursday of the month
124 Front St.
River Canyon, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday
Sunshine Kitchen & Moonshine
724 Mill Ave.
Useful Jenkins, Thursday, Dec. 6, $5 cover; Hand Blix and the Weapon Inspections, 8 p.m. Saturday, $3 cover
707 Laurel St.
Third Gear, Friday; My Drunk Uncle, Saturday
The Underground Dance Club
downstairs of The Hubb
DJ Richie Rick, every Friday-Saturday
The Last Turn Saloon
214 S. Eighth St.
Beetkeepers, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Dec. 15
Open Mic Night, first Wednesday of the month from 7-10 p.m.
219 South Ninth St.
Free Jams in the Blue Room, third Wednesday of the month
30279 Airport Rd.
Blackout, Friday-Saturday; karaoke, Sunday
downstairs of the Commander
Dave Burkhart, Saturday
Prime Time Food and Spirits
8548 Ski Chalet Dr.
Karaoke, Thursday-Friday; Tres Amigos, Saturday
The Bridge Tavern
26929 Highway 6
Live music every Friday; Classic Country Dinner Theater, 4-8 p.m. Sunday
Crosby’s Piano Bar
County Roads 66
Open Jam Night, Wednesday; Piano bar with Steve Anderson or Shannon Webster, 7-11 p.m. every Friday-Saturday
2156 County Road 3
133 Highway 10
King’s Ransom, Saturday
■ Performing arts
CLC ‘Merry Tuba Christmas’
“Merry Tuba Christmas” 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Westgate Mall, presented by Central Lakes College Music Department.
C-I choir concerts
The Crosby-Ironton High School choirs Christmas concerts, Dec. 16, Mayberry Auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Log Church Choir
The Log Church Choir to present the Christmas Cantata, “And on Earth, Peace,” 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Crosslake Evangelical Free Church.
Orchestras to perform
“The Sforzando String Orchestra” and “The Con Brio String Orchestra” to perform Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent. Baskets will be available for free will donations. For more information, call the Music Center at 320-632-0637.
Community Christmas Concert
The Colla Voce Girl’s Choir, the Central Minnesota Boys Choir, the Staples Area Women’s Chorus and the Staples Area Men’s Chorus to present a Community Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart Church. Tickets can be purchased online at www.staplesmen.org, from chorus members or at the door (if still available). Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for students, $24 for family and tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for students and $30 for family.
■ Special Events
Friday nights at the Beanery Cafe
Roy Allen, 8-10 p.m., Friday, the Beanery Cafe.
http://www.aitkinbeanery.com/home or by calling the Beanery Cafe 218-927-7811.
Kaleidoscope, first Saturday of the month for ages 8 and up at 10 a.m., Jaques Art Center; Art classes, first Wednesday of the month, 1-4 p.m. More information or to register call the center at (218) 927-2363 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live music comedy
Live Musical Comedy with Usual Suspects Theater Company with “Istanbul” and “Don’t Fence Me In,” 5:45 p.m. Saturday, American Legion; free.
Cultural Thursday, noon Thursday Dec. 6, Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College; international students speaking. Free.
“Joyeux Noel,” from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site; event is through the Lindbergh Historic Site Film series.
Poet Susan Sink of “Habits” to appear, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Good Book and Gifts.
Lone Eagle exhibit
Lone Eagle exhibit at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site.
The St. Francis Community Chorale meets from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; Sestri, a Women’s Slavic Choir, meets at 7 p.m. Sundays; Brothers in Harmony, a men’s singing group open to teen-aged and adult men will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays; For more information, call the St. Francis Music Center at (320)632-0637.
Auditions for Pequot Lakes Community Theater’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 or Dec. 18, Pequot Lakes High School Theater. Questions contact Kate at email@example.com or 218-838-3988. For more information on the production call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.
Staples Area Women’s Chorus rehearsals, 8-9:30 p.m. Mondays in Staples Motley High School Choir Room.
■ Visual arts
Art Matters Gallery
1001 Kingwood St.
“Close Encounters,” exhibition, by appointment by calling 330-1780 through January 2013.
Brainerd Public Library
416 S. Fifth St.
Artists Jan Roberts and Phyllis Frankum work on display through February.
501 Laurel St.
Encore Art Club members, paintings, ongoing.
Crow Wing County
320 Laurel St.
Various exhibits, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 829-3268, www.crowwinghistory.org.
Crow Wing County
204 Laurel St.
Artwork by Diane Runberg through December.
Glaze 2 Amaze
706 Laurel St.
Pottery glazing for ladies only, from 3-8 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 13.
Pottery glazing for children, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and from 1-5 every Sunday through Dec. 16.
Sioux Line Depot Museum
101 First St. N.E.
A traveling exhibit entitled Lake Roosevelt Artifact Exhibit and Interpretive Project will be on display during regular business hours. Schedule the exhibit for a group, school or organization, contact the Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network office at (218) 545-1166 or Kay at (218) 546-5996.
Community Center and Library
14126 Daggett Pine Road
Paintings by Crosslake Art Club members, ongoing
Morrison County Government
213 First Ave. S.E.
Local artists, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays, ongoing.
NEW YORK MILLS
Regional Cultural Center
24 Main Ave. N.
“Our Town: Paint yourself into your community,” featured through Dec. 29.
If you would like your event listed in the entertainment guide, e-mail Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 855-5851, fax 829-0211 or mail to Jennifer Stockinger, Brainerd Dispatch, P.O. Box 974, Brainerd, MN 56401. Please include time, date, place, admission price and contact information. Deadline is Monday for Thursday publication.